SCARBOROUGH RUFC’s under-17s will have their chance to shine on the big stage this Sunday when they tackle Blaydon in the National Knock Out at Silver Royd.
Guy Woodward’s youngsters have performed heroics so far this season and have seen off the likes of Moortown to secure their place in the last four of the prestigious competition.
And they will be the centre of attention on Sunday for their big clash on the 1st team pitch at Silver Royd. (2pm ko)
Scarborough’s Youth Development Officer Matty Jones is delighted that the side have made the semi-final, and has been impressed with the progress the team have made under Woodward.
He said: “I’m delighted that the guys have managed to get through to this stage.
“They’ve been a credit to the club this year and it will be interesting to see how the lads respond to the pressure of being in the limelight for such a big occasion for the club.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these lads at Scarborough Sixth Form College and they have made fantastic progress.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and I wish them all the best for the game.
“We’re hoping to get a good crowd down to watch the lads. It’s free to get in so come down and support the guys.”
The under-17s coach Woodward is also proud of his team’s achievements so far this season and can’t wait for the big match to get under way.
He said: “I’ve been coaching this group of lads for almost eight years now and to see them progress into excellent rugby players from running around like headless chickens in the minis makes me very proud.
“This is a massive occasion for the guys and I know that they’re all looking forward to playing on the big stage.
“Everyone concerned has put a lot of time and hard work in to the team and they’re coming along nicely.
“The lads have a great attitude and they have put in a lot of hard work to get this far, and they deserve to be here now.
“We had to win our league to get to this stage, and we did that by winning 10 of our 12 games. So the lads deserve this opportunity and hopefully everyone at the club will get behind the guys and show their support.
“Everyone is looking forward to it. I consider each one of these as my boys and I’m immensely proud of them for their achievements.”
Woodward was quick to sing the praises of people at the club who have supported the team so far, singling out YDO Jones for particular praise.
He added: “Matty has been superb with the lads and everyone at the club has mucked in.
“Things like extra coaching and support have been second to none.”